Thursday, 7 July 2016

New Adventures with Stampin' Up

At the end of June I became an Independent Demonstrator with Stampin' Up, something I had been thinking about for a long time.

In the end, taking the plunge was not a difficult decision, I have loved stamping for over 20 years and Stampin' Up are nothing if not passionate about stamping.

My starter kit arrived surprisingly quickly and included this stamp set "Helping Me Grow" which is amazing.

This set features two large floral images and their accompanying embellishment/sentiment stamps.  At £23.00 for 15 stamps I think it's great value for money as we all know florals stand the test of time and defy faddy trends.  This set will become a firm favourite, one that you will reach for again and again.

Throughout the rest of July SU are promoting their bonus.  For every £45 you spend you'll receive a £4.50 voucher which can be redeemed against any purchase in August.

Please visit my Stampin' Up website to purchase or to simply browse the catalogue.

Thanks for visiting 

Julie x

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Father's Day Card-in-a-Box

Afternoon Crafters

Here is the first of the May- June projects I submitted to the Docrafts PDT

A fun to make greetings card for Father's Day but equally adaptable for any male themed occassion.


1. Cut a piece of A4 Kraft card to measure 16 x 29.5 cm.  Score at 7, 14, 21 and 28 cm in landscape orientation.  Turn and score at 7 cm up to 21 cm scoreline.

    2. Cut along 7, 14 and 21 cm scoreline up to the 7 cm scoreline.  Fold and crease along all the scorelines with paper creaser.  Cut silver mirror card to measure 6.5 x 8.5 cm (three times) and emboss each piece using embossing folder.

3. Stick to lower portion of box with Anita’s Tacky Glue and add small silver brad to each side at bottom edge (top edge will not be seen).
4. Cut black cardstock to 3 x 6.5 cm (six times).  These will become the drawers.  Cut silver mirror card at 2.5 x 6 cm (six times) and emboss using embossing folder.  Mat each piece onto black cardstock.  Pierce each “drawer” and add a large brad to each.  Stick two drawers to each flap with 3D foam tape equally spacing them.

5. Cut another piece of mirror card to measure 6.5 x 13 cm and emboss with folder.  Glue to back of box and add silver brads to top corners of mirror board.  Glue tab to back of card.  Cut two strips of Kraft card to measure 3 x 9 cm; score at 1 cm at each end.  Fold to create “Z” shape and stick into box, parallel to each other.

6. To decorate, select desired elements from A4 Ultimate Die-cut and Paper Pack.  Stamp various tools onto paper and paper piece to create ‘tools’.  Detail with silver gel ink pen. Mount each of elements onto narrow strips of acetate. Arrange elements as shown or to your desired outcome.

Shopping List:

Dye Ink Pad – Black (DOA 550205)
Metallic Gel Pen Duo – Gold and Silver (DOA 855101)

A4 Kraftstax (25pk) (PMA 160604)
12 x 12” Solid Premium Cardstock Colossal (75 pcs) (PMA 164400)
A4 Ultimate Die-cut & Paper Pack (48pk) – Mr. Smith’s Workshop (PMA 160323)
A4 Mirror Board – Assorted Gold & Silver Pack (20pk, 250gsm) (PMA 164500)
A5 Clear Stamp Sets (21pcs) – Mr. Mister – Icons (PMA 907234)
Vintage Brads (140pcs) – Mr. Smith’s Workshop (PMA 353206)

A6 Embossing Folder – Galvanised Steel (XCU 515216)

Monday, 16 May 2016

Creativity Magazine - Retro Camera Project

Morning Crafters

Well the weather here is very much undecided . . . the sun comes out and then the next minute, it's grey skies again.   I'm very much undecided too. Lots of work needs doing in the garden and I've lots of crafty projects buzzing around in my head.  
Which one will win out?  Probably the crafting if past experience is anything to go by :)

I've just finished working on the third of three magazine commissions so I'm pretty footloose at the moment. I was thrilled to bits to see my recent retro camera make reach the front cover of Creativity magazine.  I had no idea that they would choose it.

It's a really easy make with a lot of the work being done by the fantastic Xcut Chronology Pocket Watch die and the Dogstooth Pattern embossing folder.

Any father would be absolutely delighted to receive it on Father's Day and it can also be adapted to be a great wedding day keepsake, Christmas mini album or to welcome a new baby.  

Pick up a copy of the magazine and give it a go, it's do'able I promise.

Thanks for popping by!

Julie x

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Crafting Space Under Construction

Hi Crafters

For a long time now I've been struggling with finding a solution to my lack of crafting space.  I'm not lucky enough to have a room I can dedicate to it.  I have crafted on a small table with half my supplies constantly falling to the floor . . . well no more, not with a Springer at my feet who is all too willing to chew anything that comes her way.

I've bitten the bullet as being creative is now my full time occupation and I'm a member of the Docrafts 2016 PDT.   On Friday the answer to my prayers will be arriving in the form of a Kallax storage/desk combo; thanks to IKEA and a lot of saving up!!!

I've no time to assemble anything until next Monday as my daughter's hen party celebrations are going ahead on the weekend with spa treatments, a BBQ and luncheons, all being very civilised and welcome!  Can't wait!

I'll post some pictures soon, it's all very exciting for me, it will be smallish but perfectly functional, I hope.

Watch this space . . . 

Julie Ann x

PS If anyone has any good advice, do's and don'ts, storage ideas etc, etc, please pass it on in the comments.  I would really appreciate your time.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Pyramid Front Card - Bellissima!

Hi Crafters

Today I have a pyramid front card to show you.

This card is made from a 6" x 6" card blank.  I'm going to a "how to" as soon as I have a minute to myself.

The card is decorated with the beautiful Bellissima collection from Docrafts.

Thanks for visiting 

Thursday, 9 July 2015

A Magic Box

Hello Crafters

I've been MIA from blogland for a little while now but I haven't been idle.  Oh no, I now demonstrate on behalf of Docrafts and I'm loving every minute of it.

This is one of the demonstration samples that I made recently, a Magic Box.

Today I thought I would do a little 'how to make' post for you (I do assume that you are not a beginner . . .

1. Start with a piece of cardstock 30 cms x 30 cms or any measurement of cardstock which is divisible by 3 e.g. 15 cms, 18 cms etc

2. Score right across the cardstock at 10 cms and 20 cms

3. Turn the cardstock 90 degrees on your scoreboard and score again at 10 cms and 20 cms.
Your card should now be divided into 9 equal squares (like a blank noughts and crosses game).

4. Cut away the 4 outer corners of the square and lay aside for matting and layering.  You should now have a big cardstock cross in front of you.

5. Mat and layer the outside in papers suitable to your theme.  If you have started with the 30 cms x 30 cms cardstock your mat layer will measure 9.5 cms x 9.5 cms.

6. Likewise mat and layer the inside of your box.

6. The little internal box is made in exactly the same manner.  Cut your starting cardstock at 15 cms x 15 cms.  Remember this time you don't cut away the outer corners.

7. Make a lid for the small box by cutting a 8cm x 8cm square of cardstock.  Score at 1.5 cms all the way around and cut up/notch.   Glue using a strong wet adhesive.

8.  Decorate the inside to your taste.

9. Make a lid for the bigger box by cutting a 15 cms x 15 cms piece of cardstock and score at 2.5 cms all around.  Cut up and notch at the corners and stick using a strong wet adhesive.

10.  Decorate the outside of the box to your taste and theme.  Have fun!

Thanks for visiting

Monday, 3 November 2014

A5 Bow Fronted Card

Hi Crafters

Oh I am such a bad blogger recently, can't quite believe that it has been sooooo long but apparently it has!!!

Here's a card I tried out after seeing the very talented Kathryn Sturrock demonstrate on Create and Craft.

The card is made from 3 pieces of A5 card (in this case from Kanban).  

The image is from LOTV
The flowers are from Wild Orchids Crafts (of course)
The gold swirls are cut using a Memory Box die as is the Happy Birthday.

I loved how this turned out and it went down well when I taught it at a recent craft class.
I'm sure that I will make many more.

Thanks for visiting

Julie Ann